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News » New York Jets Inside Slant 2009-02-21


New York Jets Inside Slant 2009-02-21


New York Jets Inside Slant 2009-02-21
The Jets have gone through a lot of upheaval since the end of the season.


But one aspect of the team that should stay fairly intact is the offensive system, now that coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has signed a two-year extension.

Schottenheimer was disappointed at being passed over for the head coach position, and said it helped that new coach Rex Ryan could empathize, having been in the exact same situation a year before. Ryan interviewed for Baltimore's vacant head coach position after Brian Billick was fired, but Philadelphia special teams coach John Harbaugh got it instead. While he obviously was crestfallen, Ryan stayed on as defensive coordinator and quickly earned his shot at running a team on the field.

"When we sat down and had the chance to visit," Schottenheimer said of his first meeting with Ryan, "it felt right. He had been in my situation a year before in Baltimore. It's always good to have people that have gone through the same experiences that you have because they understand things.

"Once Rex and I got a chance to visit," Schottenheimer added, "he shed some light on how he dealt with it. That was really helpful. I really respect and appreciate that Rex took the time to visit with me about his disappointment the year before in Baltimore."

Schottenheimer spoke with the media shortly before Brett Favre announced his retirement, so he didn't have the chance to comment on what Favre's departure will mean for the offense.

He did, however, drop the nugget that as the season went on, "we didn't have as big of a package as we would have liked to and (opposing) teams caught on," which was one of the reasons for the offensive slump in the Jets' season-ending 1-4 slide.

Schottenheimer had to streamline his system to suit Favre, who was acquired by the Jets two weeks into training camp, and also had to take out virtually all of the shifts and pre-snap motion because Favre wasn't comfortable with all of it. With Favre out of the mix, Schottenheimer will be able to go back to running his system the way he wants to run it, as he did successfully in 2006, his first season as coordinator. So the shifts and motion certainly will return.

The coordinator expressed confidence in the top two in-house candidates to be Favre's successor, Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff, noting that both of them had been working at the complex since the end of the season in an effort to improve.

"I think both of those guys have some upside," Schottenheimer said. "I love the fact that they have been in the system and that does help because they can kind of read your mind. You can spend more time coaching them on fundamentals and things that might help them reach a new level in terms of footwork and accuracy because you don't have to spend quite as much time teaching a system to those guys.

"When Kellen got the chance to play two years ago," Schottenheimer added, "he did a lot of good things and I think it takes a quarterback a little while to truly come in to his own. I think that the fact that he has some experience helps him. I know Brett played really well in the preseason. I don't think that should be looked at in a negative way because he was playing against some good players, but he was also playing with people of the same skill set."

Schottenheimer also noted that he won't have "complete autonomy" to run the offense, and said he's fine with that.

"The thing Rex and I talked about," he said, "was that he has the confidence in what he believes we can do. ... He's the head coach of this football team. He is going to have some great insight for us on the offensive side of the ball. He's clearly going to be involved. I want it that way. I appreciate it and respect the fact that he has the confidence in us to take the lead. I wouldn't say that we will have full authority to do whatever we want. That's not what I would want. He can give us a lot of great insight in what the defenses are thinking and how they're trying to defend us."



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: February 21, 2009

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